DETROIT -- While Drew Smyly was preparing for his first Tigers start in six weeks, the man for whom Smyly was filling in was going through a workout to prepare for the next time his rotation spot.
Doug Fister, scratched from Saturday's start with an adductor strain in his right groin, isn't ready to say yet that he'll be ready for next Saturday. After his latest workout, though, his chances seem better.
"Today was a real good day for us," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. "We've got some steps to take yet, but by the same token, I think he was very encouraged by how things went today."
Fister, for his part, said he's approaching his situation on a day-by-day basis. On Saturday, went through a core workout before airing out his arm playing catch.
"It's a little tight, but no soreness," he said of his injury.
The Tigers do not have to keep Smyly around as a precaution. Though players optioned to the Minors usually have to stay for 10 days before they're eligible to be called up again, there's an exception when they're replacing someone who has been placed on the disabled list. Fister has not yet been placed on the DL, so if he's not ready for next Saturday, the Tigers can put him there and then call up Smyly.